The Year of South Africa in China
Counsellor WEI Xin
At a press briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria Counsellor WEI Xin (Ms) newly appointed spokesperson for the Embassy briefed the media on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to four African countries and the African Union, The year of South Africa in China, and introduced her role as the Spokesperson for the Embassy to the media.
Chinese Premier of the State Council Mr. Li Keqiang attended the 24th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria on his four nation African visit from the 4th to the 11th May. Ethiopia, the African Union, Angola and Kenya were the countries that Premier Li visited.
To improve the balance of trade between China and Africa, he proposed the building of a rail, expressway and aviation network to boost connectivity to accelerate industrialisation. He also presented an upgraded version of cooperation in various fields with a focus on deepening people to people links to develop a mutual understanding.
The Year of South Africa in China opened in Beijing on April 29th. The event reflects on the exchanges and mutual learning between the people. It will cover multi-dimensional interactions which include the arts, education, trade and tourism. The Year of China in South Africa will be celebrated in 2015.